PIKE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The crash happened on U.S. Highway 231 near the 62-mile marker south of Brundidge, in Pike County.

The two passengers with Parrish include patient Ruby D. Collins, 63, of Troy, and the on-board paramedic, Hannah L. Sumner, 28, of Dothan. Both were injured when the ambulance left the roadway, struck a ditch, hit a tree, and caught fire.

A good samaritan saw the accident and stopped his vehicle and attempted to rescue those in the ambulance. During his heroic act, Edward Howell, 50, of Ozark, suffered 2nd-degree burns and inhaled smoke from the fire causing injured lungs. Howell is currently at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a ventilator but is stable and in good spirits.

Collins was transported to Flowers Hospital in Dothan; Sumner was transported to Southeast Health also located in Dothan.

Don Parrish, 70, of Cowarts, suffered from a medical emergency while driving before the crash and the cause of death was determined to be unrelated to the collision.  Parrish was pronounced dead at the scene.


PIKE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A retired Dothan firefighter was killed in a Pike County crash Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, a single-vehicle crash occurred in Pike County involving a Pilcher Ambulance that was transferring a patient.

Don Parrish, a retired Dothan fireman and current Pilcher Ambulance medic, died in the accident.

Don retired from the Dothan Fire Department and was currently employed with the Pilcher Ambulance Service where he has been a member for many years.

Please lift up Don’s personal family, his Pilcher family, and his Dothan Fire family. We’ll miss you brother! Also, please continue to pray for the other Pilcher medic, the patient that was being transferred, and the bystanders injured during the rescue.

Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams